Ecosystem Investment Partners is financing and building tidal wetland habitat to provide the California Department of Water Resources with high quality Delta smelt habitat to help the state meet biological opinion (Endangered Species Act) requirements and expand storage for the Yolo Bypass to prevent dangerous flooding and protect important water resources.
EIP’s restoration of tidally influenced wetlands provides the Delta smelt habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region and benefits many other species of concern.
Under the Endangered Species Act, the State of California is required to offset impacts to listed species, such as Delta smelt, that result from the operation of the State Water Project (SWP) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The SWP is one of the largest public water and power utilities in the world, providing water for more than 23 million people. The California Department of Water Resources has contracted with EIP to purchase required offsets that will counterbalance impacts to Delta smelt– after EIP has fully restored acres to rigorous standards set by regulatory agencies.